#PrellerSquareShooting: CityMed’s application faced some glitches

The application of the Bloemfontein-based day hospital, CityMed, to have its hospital license amended for more beds did face some delay over the ownership of the company between 2017 and 2018.

The Head of the Free State Health Department, David Motau, confirms during his testimony in the murder trial of former Citymed Managing Director, Louis Siemens, in the Bloemfontein High Court on Tuesday that the department’s seven-member hospital licensing committee had raised some concerns over the hospital’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) compliance. According to Motau, this delayed the finalisation of the day hospital’s application somewhat.

Following Siemens’ death, it has been revealed during the trial that well-known Bloemfontein businessman, Freddy Kenny, bought the deceased’s shares and became a shareholder and Managing Director at the day hospital. Not too long after this, City Med’s application was finalised.

The application forms the background of the state’s case and the strained relationship between Siemens and accused number one, Stanley Bakili. It’s alleged Siemens paid bribes to several government officials through Bakili. Most of these officials have denied ever receiving bribes.